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Golfer John Pavelko Collects All-BIG EAST Honors
John Pavelko led the Blue Demons with three top-10 finishes and is the program's second-ever All-BIG EAST selection.

John Pavelko led the Blue Demons with three top-10 finishes and is the program's second-ever All-BIG EAST selection.

May 9, 2013

CHICAGO – DePaul senior golfer John Pavelko became just the second DePaul golfer to earn BIG EAST All-Conference honors, as announced the league office on Thursday. Pavelko earned all-conference honors after finishing in a tie for seventh place at the Conference Championship on April 30.

Pavelko started the final round of the BIG EAST Championship in a tie for 16th and shot a career-best 70, sinking two eagles to become the fifth Blue Demon golfer to finish in the top-10 and the first since 2011.

As a team, DePaul finished sixth overall at the tournament to claim its best result since a fifth-place standing in 2007.

Pavelko wrapped up his season with a 77.10 stroke average – third-best on the team – in a total of 30 rounds. The Chanhassen, Minn.-native also led the Blue Demons with three top-10 finishes.

USF freshman Chase Koepka, who finished second at the BIG EAST championship and led USF to the team title, was named BIG EAST Men’s Golf Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year by the league’s 12 head coaches. 

Koepka is the first player to be named BIG EAST Men’s Golf Player and Freshman of the Year in the same season. This is the second consecutive year a USF player has been named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. Trey Valentine received in the honor in 2012.

All-Big East Team
David Tepe, Sr., Cincinnati
Zach Zaback, Fr., Connecticut
John Pavelko, Sr., DePaul
Gus Lundquist, Fr., Louisville
Robin Sciot-Siegrlist, Fr., Louisville *
Maximilian Walz, Fr., Louisville
Patrick Sanchez, Fr., Marquette
Cory Sciupider, Fr., Notre Dame
Niall Platt, Jr., Notre Dame *
Ryan Gay, Sr., St. John's
Ryan McCormick, Jr., St. John's *
Pat Wilson, Sr., St. John's
Richard James, Jr., USF
Chase Koepka, Fr., USF
Trey Valentine, So., USF *
Michael Kania, Sr., Villanova


 

 

Big East Player of the Year
Chase Koepka, Fr., USF

Big East Freshman of the Year
Chase Koepka, Fr., USF

Big East Coach of the Year
Chris Malloy, USF

 * unanimous selection